The municipal council of Aborlan is drafting a measure seeking to regulate the manufacturing, distribution, possession and use of selected firecrackers or other pyrotechnic devices in the municipality in anticipation of the coming holiday festivities.
Councilor Marissa Zumarraga, author of the proposal, said the measure is aimed at minimizing or preventing firecracker-related accidents that regularly happens during the season.
“Minsan nagiging cause ng sunog at iba pang mga disgrasya, kaya gusto natin na masolusyunan ‘yon at para protektahan ang mga bata kasi parang laruan na lang sa kanila,” she said.
Among the types of firecrackers and pyrotechnics that are allowed by the proposed measure are: baby rocket, bawang, small trianggulo, pulling of strings, paper caps, el diablo, judas belt, sky rocket, sparkles, luces, fountain, jumbo, mabuhay, trompillo, air wolf, whistle device, and butterfly.
“Selected lang ang ipagbabawal at kung may mga bata man dapat nandoon ang guardian pero mas nirerecommend natin na ‘wag talaga silang pagamitin at pabilhin dahil ang nagtinda at guardian ay parehong may liability,” she added.
She added that distribution and sale of the items will be confined to a single designated area along the national highway in front of the municipal hall and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Vendors will also be required to apply for a license and a permit from the Philippine National Police and a certification from the BFP.
Selling will also be allowed from December 10 to January 4 during the Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year celebration while a limited extension may be granted by the Mayor’s office.